In this Idea Corner I want to go through the process of refining and improving…this RoboTV animation.…Now keep in mind there is no one right solution.…However, the general principles remain the same.…The first thing I'm going to do is preview this a few times and just see what I…like and what I don't like about the current animation.…I press to 0 on the numeric keypad for RAM Preview.…(Whir, whir, whir)…A few things stand out to me.…
One is that I'm not entirely happy the arm's movements.…For one it's a lot slower through here and at the end than it is in-between,…hitting the individual bullet points.…So I'm going to do something about that.…Two is at this type just sits there. It feels to me like it should be animating on…and perhaps even doing something special like hitting every time to the arm…comes to one piece of type.…Third, I'm missing the background.…I need to put something behind here.…Hopefully, something that ties in a bit with some of the things I see inside the video.…
You see a lot of squares, a plywood, and lands. That gives me an idea.…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Preparing files
- Making parenting connections
- Arranging the frame and arm
- Using null objects
- Crafting anthropomorphic-style animations
- Avoiding problems with non-uniform scaling
- Animating Fractal Noise
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 11/20/2012. What changed?
A: We added new movies on using the exercise files that come with this course, and added an additional set of exercise files designed for After Effects CS6.